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Bluewater Grill in Newport Beach

Bluewater Grill sign

Autumn is fading into its last crunches underfoot. The temperature is on a steady downward swing and all too soon we’ll be factoring in wind chill as a whistling wind pushes through trees bared of buffering foliage. And I’m having a California moment -a longing to turn my face to the sun and breathe in a breeze. Newport Beach was the launching point for last summer’s California trip. There is nothing like an ocean breeze to spin away extraneous thoughts and pare down life to its most lovely essentials.

Bluewater Grill

Dockside seating at the Bluewater Grill gave us a front row view to some impressive vessels. The guest dock also allows for fresh fish deliveries and on-site rentals. Our leisurely lunch included an excellent Manhattan clam chowder, a seared ahi tuna caesar salad and beer battered fish and chips. The latter was mediocre; more batter than fish, but my salad (with wasabi on the side) and our chowders were definitely repeat order items.


The Bluefish Grill has three California locations and is popular with the locals. Valet parking -unless you arrive by sea!

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UPDATE:  My passport (renewal) is “in process”. So far, I’m resisting the urge to do more than a daily check on its progress.


Hummingbirds Choose the Marriott Bayview

Hummingbird and flower

Marriott Bayview

The Marriott Bayview in Newport Beach holds all the expected perks and comforts of this hotel brand enhanced by a front row seat to Nature.

Situated on the edge of the Upper Newport Bay Reserve and Ecological Preserve, it offers the traveler easy access to miles of recreational trails. Its on-site hummingbirdfitness center is small but adequate, containing weight and cardio machines as well as free weights. A nicely sized outdoor pool stretches from the upper patio to beneath a shaded overhang. The lower garden area features cushioned Adirondack chairs (perfect for morning coffee), a gazebo and a rock waterfall that attracts large numbers of hummingbirds. An attentive staff facilitated our smooth and enjoyable three night stay. I’m not a fan of hotel parking fees; the additional $18 per day charge was my only significant negative.


Breakfast at the Marriott Bayview is a treat, due mainly to the smiling Javier. Javier cooks from the heart, and the savory results are splendid.


His custom omelets are jammed with flavor, and in my case, jalapenos. He disarmingly insisted on presenting his creations tableside and surprised me one morning with an additional handcrafted pancake. It was one of those flourishing touches that makes the Marriott Bayview a pleasant stay in the Newport Beach area.

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